We are always looking for innovative ways to help our community and for new collaborators with bright ideas. We know that, when it comes to giving, we are extremely fortunate in Gibraltar to have such a generous community, always willing to come together in support of important charitable causes. At The PJI Foundation, we aim to channel this charitable spirit in order to help local organisations at the same time as offering donors and volunteers fun and hassle-free ways of giving back to the community. Please follow the links below to find out more about some of the recent initiatives we’re proud to have launched.
The Peter J Isola Foundation Allocates £5,000 to Mental Health Support Via ‘Swim 365’ Initiative
To open water swimmers, Darren Grech and Anna Baglietto, 365 is not just a number; it’s a challenge, and one they finally completed on the 31st December 2021.
Darren and Anna completed 365 daily swims last year, averaging a mile each day, in order to “highlight the benefits of open water swimming, in particular in the context of mental health”.
In recognition of the duo’s efforts, the Peter J Isola Foundation is donating £5,000 towards mental health support in 2022.
Speaking of their impressive feat following their final swim, Darren recalls the “grey mornings or dark evenings, the oil spills and jellyfish, the days when our sleep-deprived and aching bodies complained and said no more please; the bitter incessant cold, the wind-swept empty beaches.”
Foundation Trustee, Genevieve Bossino, commented: “We would like to congratulate both Darren and Anna on completing an impressive 365 open water swims in 2021. We are very pleased to be able to continue supporting mental health initiatives within our local community; with Darren and Anna’s input, no doubt these funds will be put to very good use.” Read more here
Peter J Isola Foundation Holds Reception for Calendar Callout Winners
On Thursday evening, the winners of the Peter J Isola Foundation’s ‘Artists Charity Calendar Callout’ were invited to a drinks and canapés reception at Portland House as a thank-you for taking part in the competition and to celebrate their 12 successful artworks.
ISOLAS LLP & Fiduciary Group, in conjunction with the Peter J Isola Foundation, earlier this year invited artists to submit a piece of artwork which, if selected, would feature in the ISOLAS & Fiduciary annual calendar. Local artist Christian Hook judged all entries and selected the 12 finalists, which are as follows:
1st Place: Mark Montovio with Judge II
2nd Place: Gail Francis-Tiron with Marine Doodle
3rd Place: Osborn Raj with The Alleyway
The other artists who will have their artwork feature in the 2022 calendar are: Beatrice Garcia, Sebastian Rodriguez, Sharon Soussi, Monica Popham, Wanda Bush, David Fothergill, Gavin Garcia, Tessa Neish, and Alzbeta Znamenska.
The artworks will remain on display at Portland House for one year, after which time they will be auctioned off at a dinner with monies going towards a charity of the respective artist’s choosing.
Minister Cortes attended the event following his return from COP26, assisting with the cheque presentation alongside Peter Isola, Senior Partner at ISOLAS LLP and Genevieve Bossino-Soussi, Trustee of the PJI Foundation.
Also in attendance, albeit virtually, was competition judge Christian Hook who congratulated the artists via video.
Trustee Genevieve Bossino-Soussi said: “On behalf of ISOLAS, Fiduciary Group and the PJI Foundation, I would like to extend our warmest thanks to all participating artists, and congratulations to our 12 winners. It has been an exciting process and we can’t wait to see all these fantastic pieces of art in print in our 2022 calendar.”
Calendars will be available from the ISOLAS/Fiduciary Group reception at Portland House as from December.
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PJI Foundation Hosts Five-a-Side Tournament in Aid of GBC
The Peter J Isola Foundation, supported by ISOLAS LLP and Fiduciary Group, held a five-a-side football tournament on Friday 29th October in order to raise funds for the GBC Open Day.
The event was a great success, with a total of 16 companies participating in the tournament.
A £200 registration fee was collected per team, with a cheque for a grand total of £3,250 presented to Jonathan Sacramento by PJI Foundation Trustee, Genevieve Bossino-Soussi.
Congratulations to the winners of the Plate, Kleinwort Hambros, and to Gibraltar International Bank, winners of the Peter J Isola Foundation Tournament.
PJI Foundation Trustee Genevieve Bossino-Soussi said: “We are delighted with the tournament’s turnout, and in particular with the amount we were able to raise in aid of the GBC Open Day. A warm thank you to all those who attended — we hope to see you all again next year!”
Football Shirt Monday
ISOLAS LLP and Fiduciary Group employees wear their football shirt in support of “Football Shirt Monday”.
An initiative by the Gibraltar Cardiac Association, to create increased awareness of the importance of CPR and defibrillators.
To find out more about the Gibraltar Cardiac Association click here https://www.facebook.com/gibraltarcardiac
‘Artists Charity Calendar Callout’ Judging Is Underway
ISOLAS LLP & Fiduciary Group, in conjunction with the Peter J Isola Foundation, earlier this year announced their ‘Artists Charity Calendar Callout’. Artists were invited to submit a piece of artwork which, if selected, will feature in the ISOLAS & Fiduciary annual calendar. Judging the artwork last Thursday was contemporary artist Christian Hook.
PJI Foundation Charity Padel Tournament a Roaring Success
On Friday 2 July, the PJI Foundation hosted a Charity Padel Tournament with all proceeds going towards Clubhouse Gibraltar.
The event was attended by a number of Gibraltar companies and firms, with a total of 25 teams entering the tournament. The winning team, Capurro Marina, comprised of Richard Felipes and Amos Federico, who defeated Mansion in the final comprising of Jose Fenoy and Alfonso Marin (with a winning score of 3-6, 6-4, and 10-7). After the highly contested final of the highest standard a delicious paella lunch was served as celebrations continued on into the afternoon.
A total of £3,000 was raised for our local mental health charity, Clubhouse Gibraltar. Clubhouse works tirelessly within the local community to assist those suffering from mental health issues and the PJI Foundation is delighted to have raised money for them.
We would also like to thank Mansion for sharing the costs for the event with us and to BetVictor for their generous donation and of course, to all the teams who participated.
Peter Isola and Genevieve Bossino-Soussi, Trustees of the PJI Foundation commented: “We are delighted to have hosted such an enjoyable event, and to have raised a substantial amount of money for such an important local charity. Our sincere thanks to all who attended and we very much expect this to become one of a number of annual fund-raising events the Foundation proposes to undertake.”
If you are interested in joining us next year please contact Genevieve on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Hosts Morning Tea for the PJ Isola Foundation
Earlier this week, the Peter J Isola Foundation together with Kusuma Trust were invited for morning tea at City Hall.
Guests, which included family members of the late Hon Peter Joseph Isola OBE, were given a tour around the Mario Finlayson Art Gallery, which also houses some stunning pieces from the likes of Gustavo Bacarisas and Leni Mifsud.
His Worship the Mayor, Christian Santos, thanked both charitable organisations for their unwavering dedication and support locally.
The PJ Isola Foundation would like to thank Mayor Santos in return for being such a wonderful host.
The PJI Foundation has donated a total sum of £500 to participants of the ‘5 in 5 Challenge’
Charles Harrison, Adrian Lopez and Keiron Alvarez undertook the challenge of covering 450km by bicycle, 100km by running and 10km by swimming over a period of just five days, in order to raise funds for the Cardiac Rehab Centre and Cancer Relief Gibraltar – two charities close to their hearts.
Katrina Isola, Associate at ISOLAS LLP said: “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause. Charles, Adrian and Keiron have shown real resilience as they took on this impressive feat of endurance. A huge well done to all three!”
The Peter J Isola Foundation Helps Fund Education for Local Clinical Nurse
Together with Kusuma Trust, the PJI Foundation has helped to fund HOS Clinical Nurse Specialist Daniela Ayre’s MSc in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University.
Specialist education that assists in improving cancer services and patient care is an important aspect of what Cancer Relief Gibraltar does. Funding and facilitating ongoing educational initiatives, with the support of associations such as the PJI Foundation, is a big part of their overall vision.
Daniela is pleased and proud to have completed her MSc, which has provided an excellent basis for further training, and is very grateful for the support. She is now in a position to implement her new learning and skills within her role at Cancer Relief for the benefit of all patients and their families in our community.
A cheque of 50% for £2238.00 was presented by Tammy Isola, with the remaining 50% donated by Kusuma Trust.
Trustee Peter Isolas said: “We are grateful to be able to assist local charities, and the incredible work they do. The Foundation is pleased to support educational and sustainable projects that give back to our community, such as Cancer Relief Gibraltar’s educational initiatives. Congratulations to Daniela on the completion of her MSc, and the best of luck with her continued studies.”
The PJI Foundation and Kusuma Trust Gibraltar join forces to support the mental health of young people in Gibraltar.
The PJI Foundation have teamed up with Kusuma Trust Gibraltar to fund a pilot project that will support young people with mental health issues.
The JM Memorial Foundation is a local charity which focuses on “value-based education, participation and inclusion.” Over a period of 12-18 months, the charity will work with young people aged between 16 and 25 to build a needs-profile for each individual in order to offer practical psychological support, assistance with educational or employment needs, and guidance for their continued social integration into the community.
Kusuma Trust Gibraltar and the PJI Foundation have donated £8,000 to this worthy cause, which will enable the charity to identify and work with young people in need of support, providing them with the necessary tools to improve their mental health.
The charity hopes that the project will demonstrate that early, proactive intervention and personalised support for each individual, leads to a reduction in relapses and a long-lasting positive impact for the individuals as well as the community.
Peter Isola, senior partner of ISOLAS Law firm and a trustee of both the PJI Foundation and Kusuma Trust Gibraltar, commented:
“We are delighted to support the JM Memorial Foundation in its endeavour to improve mental health issues of young vulnerable individuals in a safe environment. They have been working tirelessly for our community for many years and continue to offer invaluable support to services users and the Mental Health Service.”
About PJI Foundation
The Peter J Isola Foundation was established to celebrate the life of ISOLAS former senior partner, the Hon Peter Joseph Isola OBE, who passed away in 2006. The main goal of the Foundation is to support local charities to which Peter, and his wife Rosie, dedicated much of their time.
The Foundation has donated funds to a substantial number of Gibraltar charities including Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society, Calpe House, Cancer Relief and The Gibraltar Health Authority. Details of The PJI Foundation’s initiatives can be found on the website www.pjifoundation.com or follow us on Instagram @isolafoundation
About Kusuma Trust Gibraltar
Kusuma Trust Gibraltar is a family-led trust making philanthropic investments in the community in Gibraltar. We give grants to causes, organisations and people that are making a positive difference to society. We choose partners based on our shared values and mutual interests.
Kusuma has supported numerous worthwhile causes such as the Kusuma University Talks, Excellence prize, Childline Gibraltar, Commonwealth Gardens and the beautification of Europa Point. Details of Kusuma Trust Gibraltar’s work can be found on the website www.kusumatrust.gi or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @KusumaGibraltar
Gifts that Give Back’ Initiative Raises £20,000 for Local Charities
In December, Kusuma Trust Gibraltar and The PJI Foundation launched ‘Gifts that Give Back’, an exciting new charitable giving initiative which saw 18 popular local retailers commit to making a charitable donation to the of value of a percentage of sales for that month. The initiative aimed to encourage people to shop locally over the Christmas period, with the incentive being that, in return for their purchases, participating local shops would give back to the community by donating much-needed stock to their selected partner charities.
The campaign’s organisers describe this model as a “win-win” for the community, explaining:
“We wanted to offer consumers hassle-free ways of giving back to the community over the festive period as they went about their Christmas gift shopping, while at the same time encouraging businesses to donate to local charities in a straightforward and tangible way. The result has been overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates that the ‘Gifts that Give Back’ model offers a win-win scenario, simultaneously promoting socially-conscious and philanthropic local businesses, whilst bolstering continued and growing support for the charitable sector in the Gibraltarian community.
Over the last few weeks the final donations through the initiative have been collected and the organisers are extremely pleased to announce that a grand total of £20,000 has been raised, largely in the form of stock goods and vouchers, which has been distributed between 9 hardworking local charities.
The organisers would like to thank all of the generous local businesses that participated in the initiative as well as, of course, the local shoppers who visited these establishments over the Christmas period and supported the campaign.
To give just a couple of concrete examples of how local charities have benefitted from the initiative, we can take Nazareth House who collected sizable donations of food goods from the Express Convenience Stores, The Cellar and Eroski, or Women in Need who received lovely gifts from Isolabella for the women they support, as well as toys from The Toy Box, and baby and children’s clothes from Next for the children they house at their centres.
The organisers have been thrilled by the fantastic response from the local business sector, and feel encouraged by what has been a very positive and successful first year for the initiative, which they are hoping will only continue to grow over the coming years.
The local businesses which participated in the ‘Gifts that Give Back’ initiative are: Marks and Spencer, Next, F&F, Marble Arc, U-mee & Europort International, Express Convenience Stores, The Cellar, Eroski, Digital Corner, Netgear, Kaycee, The Toy Box, L Sacarello, Isolabella, SM Seruya, Top Choice Appliances, Vijay and Music Corner.
You can find out more about the #GiftsthatGiveBack initiative and see all individual donations by visiting Reaching Out Gibraltar’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Reaching Out Gibraltar Charity Newsletter
Last year, Kusuma Trust Gibraltar and The PJI Foundation partnered together to produce a Gibraltar charity newsletter entitled Reaching Out, with over 7000 publications distributed locally every quarter in the Gibraltar Magazine and shared widely online. The newsletter aims to give a voice to local charities and let the community know about all the good work these organisations are doing.
It is The PJI Foundation’s hope that the newsletter will become a positive vehicle through which people will all be able to participate in and contribute towards our campaign to bolster continued and growing support for the charitable sector in the community.
We want to know about your charity’s upcoming events, fundraising activities and, importantly, all those messages of appreciation you may wish to publicise in recognition of other groups or individuals who have contributed to your mission. This is your community newsletter and we would love to hear about what you and your charity are up to.
We are very excited about the prospect of showcasing Gibraltar’s fantastic work in the charity sector, a sector which, for a community this size, achieves as much as it does only through the sheer grit and determination of those who make Gibraltar such a wonderfully giving and generous place.
If you would like to contribute to our next edition or send us any press releases on your charity’s activities please get in contact with the team at email@example.com
You can read our previous publications here: https://issuu.com/reachingout
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ISOLAS and Fiduciary are proud to have been the first local firms to introduce a voluntary payroll system of giving for their staff, which has now been taken up by a number of other local firms, whereby an automatic deduction of donations will be made from subscribing employees’ salaries on a monthly basis. This year’s contributions will also go towards the Calpe House Trust to help in funding the major development they are undertaking to set up a new Calpe House at a much larger facility.
Albert Poggio, Vice-Chairman of the Calpe House Trust, applauded the initiative taken by the two firms, thanking them for their generosity and encouraging other local business to follow suit.
ISOLAS Partners Aim To Raise Funds For Cancer Relief Gibraltar in 7-Day Challenge
Peter Isola and Neil Costa have set themselves an initial 7-day challenge to raise funds for Cancer Relief Gibraltar.
Run through the Peter J Isola Foundation, if £25,000 is raised, Neil will run 10km a day and Peter will cycle 40km a day for a full week on his Watt bike at home. If fundraising hits £50,000, Neil will continue on his 10km runs for an additional 7 days and Peter will up his cycling to 50km a day for the 7 days. In addition, Neil will shave his head! Peter and Neil are looking to start the initial 7-days on Friday 8 May, VE day. The foundation has already raised more than £15,000 and anyone can donate via the Foundation’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-j-isola-foundation
Cancer Relief Gibraltar has been providing support to people living with cancer in the community for over 30 years. It offers free professional, practical, emotional and social support services, all of which are free and can be used by anyone affected by cancer; whether it is for a one-off chat or more continued support.The charity has been providing virtual services during lockdown as it continues to support the community in a safe and responsible way.
The Peter J Isola Foundation was established to celebrate the life of ISOLAS former senior partner, the Hon Peter Joseph Isola OBE, who passed away in 2006. The main goal of the Foundation is to support local charities to which Peter, and his wife Rosie, who sadly recently passed away, dedicated much of their time. The Foundation has donated funds to a substantial number of Gibraltar charities including donating £46,000 to the GHA for the purchase of a much needed ultrasound machine for the critical care unit at St Bernard’s Hospital.
Peter said: “At this extremely challenging time, local charities are concerned as donations are necessarily concentrated on the pandemic , and yet the work of local charities, such as Cancer Relief Gibraltar, has never been more vital. I am delighted that we can support a charity that does so much for our community. I wish to thank the many sponsors that have already pledged to contribute to the Peter J Isola Foundation for this hugely worthy cause.”
Neil said: “It is no surprise that members of our community have, once again in unprecedented and challenging times, demonstrated their deep bonds of solidarity with each other and highlighted Gibraltarians’ caring and giving nature. Cancer Relief Gibraltar provide vital services to many members of our community, and Peter and I hope that by this challenge, we can assist them in ensuring that they continue to help as many families as possible.